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Favourite Names
« on: January 28, 2010, 04:32:48 AM »

Hail,

Earlier baz and I were discussing this in chat, and I've discussed it with Ave a fair bit, so I'm going to throw it out here. See if we can come out with a few cool ones.

Off the top of my head, I'd go with:

Oisín
Aoife
Niamh
Aodhán (Irish version of Aidan)
Conán

And a couple Feist ones:
Liam (or Lyam :P)
Tomás

Went with some Irish Gaelic ones to make things interesting.

What're some of your favourite names?
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010, 07:27:57 AM »

Coming from PNG, a lot of my favourite names are of Papua New Guinean origin.

Some are my favs are:

Lakani
Kaia
Kavaro
Orovea
Lelesi (which is my middle name)

Other names I've always liked are:

Izel
Ezequiel
Daitaro
Malakai

From Feist:

Sho-Pi
Ralan
Boldar
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010, 07:35:19 AM »

Boy: Ezekiel
Girl: Mélisandre
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010, 01:00:50 PM »

My girlfriend and I spent about two days discussing this once, and these were the results:

Sebastian Lysander Lucas
Laine Harper Lucas
Nathaniel Samson Lucas
Ayla Miranda Lucas

I typically like relatively-normal-but-slightly-out-there girls' names and pretty boring boys' names like Joel and Kyle and Jackson and stuff. So Til chose both the boy names. I was happy with Nathaniel because Nathaniel Lucas was the name of my ancestor who came out on the first fleet, and it's part of the reason I'm changing my  last name from Bagnall to Lucas. Lysander's just a cool historical figure with a cool name, Harper's for Harper Lee, one of our favourite authors, and Samson's another cool mythological character and also another character from one of our favourite novels. We just like the sound of most of the other ones.
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2010, 03:30:00 PM »

Male: Nathaniel
Female: Alexandra
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2010, 05:26:18 PM »

i must be the only one who hasn't thought about this yet. hope i don't need to pick one for a while though. when i get a son, at some point, i might want to name it after myself, which could be either William or Sebastian (which are the English variants of my name, i would go for the dutch verson). don't know what to do when naming a girl. haven't given it any thought
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2010, 05:35:56 PM »

...and it's part of the reason I'm changing my  last name from Bagnall to Lucas.
You're changing your name to Luke Lucas? Ha.
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2010, 07:35:02 PM »

Boy:
Liam
Seamus
Olaf
Ulrik
Brodie (or Brody)
Of course my wife like's none of these, so if we have a boy his name is going to be Brady (good thing I will be able to teach hime how to fight).

Girl:
Sophie - which if we have a girl will be her name.
Anabelle
Pheobe
Mary Katherine
Zoe
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2010, 10:16:11 AM »

...and it's part of the reason I'm changing my  last name from Bagnall to Lucas.
You're changing your name to Luke Lucas? Ha.

Hah, I was wondering if anyone'd pick that up. Sure am. Soon as ole Grandpa karks it. :P
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2010, 12:49:22 PM »

why would one you change your last name? if i ever got married, i wouldn't change my last name, and i don't expect any female to do the same
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2010, 11:50:07 PM »

I think it resides in the realm of individual choice. In marriage name-changes, I think a lot of cases are where one partner simply wants to join the other's family. Traditionally, it's the woman -- and men who change their names can catch a lot of criticism for it, and run into quite a few obstacles, even legal challenges -- but it's a way of signifying being together. And in non-marriage cases, maybe they just like the other name more :P

But, well, back to the original topic .. I like names that have lots of vowels, and approximant sounds (l, n, r, w), and one or two 'harder' consonants. Often I lean towards semi-androgynous ones, or original names that you don't hear often, but not totally crazy (like 'Nitzan' or 'Shmuelie'). Once I listed my favorite names and figured out those similarities ... unfortunately, I've lost the list.
Still, I like names like Laela/Lila/Aile/Aila/Lyle/Kyle/Kyla/Kayla. Exception to the pattern: no Caley or Kaylee, either girls or boys. And no Aylas, because I read the Jean M. Auel books and wouldn't like to name a child after that character. And Lily is kinda nice, in a sort of I-guess-so-but-wouldn't-name-my-kid-that. Oh, and Larkin, which is a little silly, but sounds nice and kind of playful, in a good way. Knew a boy named that when I was a little kid. He was kind of funny.
And I do like the pattern in Irish names of the 'sh'-sound 'S': Sean/Shayne/Seamus is good, and I like Seaneen or Siobhan, but not Shawna or Shevan. I also adore the vowel-heavy ones: Liam is nice, Ryan too.

As for names I would not give anyone: I've sworn to never voluntarily add to the abundance of 'J' names in my family/friends circle. We've got James (x3, all on my father's side), Jim (x1, a cousin on my dad's side), John (x3 or 4, of varying closeness), Julia & Jaysa (sisters), Jane (x2, aunts), Jock (uncle), Jason (x2 sister's friend and ex), Jill (x2, friends), Jamie Jack.... there's more, but you get the point. Of course, there's also the Joe you guys know, even if he isn't quite family. Actually, I guess that is voluntarily adding to the abundance of J names in the family. But it's not my fault!
 And as a general rule, I don't like names that either have very silly nick-names (William -> Willy, Robert -> Robbie, Richard -> Dick ... actually, I once knew a Richard who really was a dick...).
Oh, and no names that are far too obviously from fantasy novels: NO 'Galadriel's.


Mind you, I don't think of this as a list of names I'd necessarily like to give my kids, just names I quite like.
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2010, 08:12:55 PM »

Lets face it, there is a big difference between names you like, and names you'd saddle your children with for the rest of their life. Of course your going to find the ones that fit both categories when your actually naming the little tykes.

Anyway, few names that I like very much are

Emma (not short for Emmanuel, don't like that one)
Donovan
Joshua
Katherine
Arcadia (see, there's one I would probably not actually name a child even though I really like it)
Imogen (another)
Tanner
Anika
Haley
Brenna
Connor
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2010, 11:07:35 PM »

why would one you change your last name? if i ever got married, i wouldn't change my last name, and i don't expect any female to do the same

Personal choice, like Edh said. I'm as much a Lucas as I am a Bagnall genetically, why should I take my grandpa's name over my grandma's? My grandpa's a bit of an ass and apart from my immediate family, he's the only Bagnall I know. He lives in England under the thumb of the chick he left my Nan for, who doesn't like him coming out here. When he does visit he's not really interested in any of his grandkids, he just wants to play golf. My Nan, on the other hand, is the loveliest woman I know. I identify most with her family out of all the families I belong to. I know most of my relatives on that side and it's a big clan - the biggest in Australia with a well-documented history that goes back to settlement which I'm kind of proud of. I don't feel like a Bagnall, I feel like a Lucas and that's the name I'd like to pass on to my children, even if it is a little unfortunate thatI'll have to be Luke Lucas to do so. Plus, Bagnall's an awful name.

Arcadia (see, there's one I would probably not actually name a child even though I really like it)

I know an Arcadia who turned out all right. She's a great poet.
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2010, 10:34:04 AM »

Plus, Bagnall's an awful name.
Heh, I'll give you that. Bagnall kind of sounds like the name of a hobbit. No offence.

(I know my contributions to this thread seem to be "shit on Luke", and for that I'm sorry.)
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2010, 11:00:35 AM »

None taken. One of my nicknames is Baggins. Helps that I live in 'The Shire'.
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2010, 01:14:40 PM »

my mothers last name sounds better than my dads as well, but i'm stuck with his. don't want to insult him by changing my last name. plus, this name makes who i am as well
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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2010, 02:00:46 AM »

My mother and father never made a big deal over which last name we'd take. For a while, my little sister went by our mother's last name, and I took our father's last name. (Legally, we're both by our father's, but that could be changed easily enough. She was kind of trying it on for size, you know?)
I always thought it kind of sad that my father's line of the family name would end with me, unless my kid or my sister's decided to take it. His sister didn't have kids, and his brother only had children quite late (he was like 46? something like that). So when a male cousin showed up, I guess now it'll end with him, if/when he doesn't have kids....

It always amuses me when radical feminists argue that the patriarchal naming system is an evil that must be done away with. It fits in the same category as Marxist 'false awareness': "Oh, but sweetie, don't you know that enjoying being a stay-at-home mother is just because you've been brainwashed for your entire life to believe that?" nestles along nicely with "Having your father's name just indoctrinated you into the patriarchy, and you're hardly a woman if you choose to keep that name, and definitely no representative of our gender if you marry and take your husband's name!"
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Re: Favourite Names
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011, 10:36:46 AM »

And no Aylas, because I read the Jean M. Auel books and wouldn't like to name a child after that character.

On looking for the jean auel thread I found this. We didn't name our daughter Ayla just to spite you honest :(

We just liked the name. Apparently it translates to "moonlight" or "halo around the moon" in tukish. Which is rather appropriate because the night she was born we had one of the coldest (early Feb)/ clearest nights with the largest halo around a full moon I've ever seen.  :smile:
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2011, 07:30:26 PM »

i've decided to name my son Bob Dylan, two perfectly normal and common first names
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